Harlem Globetrotters Day

Harlem Globetrotters Day is a holiday that’s observed annually on the 7th of January and celebrates one of the greatest American exhibition basketball teams in the U.S and the world.

This team was created in 1926 and has gone on to entertain millions of people since. For anyone who isn’t familiar with them, this team is one that combines natural athleticism with comedy and theatrics to create a stunning spectacle of a show.

It’s no wonder someone was insightful enough to give them their own holiday so that we all can show them the love and appreciation they deserve. The Harlem Globetrotters are truly an American entertainment institution.

The History Of Harlem Globetrotters Day

The Globetrotters began on Chicago’s South Side in 1926 and were originally known as the Savoy Big Five. In 1928, several players left the team in a dispute, and those players would form a team called the Globe Trotters.

By 1929, the name of the team had been changed to the New York Harlem Globe Trotters. This name was chosen because Harlem represented the perceived center of African-American culture, and the name Globetrotter because it mythologized the team playing international venues.

Every year, the Globetrotters participated in the World Professional Basketball Tournament, and in 1940, they won it. In 1948, the Globetrotters would gain national attention when they beat one of the best white basketball teams in the U.S: the Minneapolis Lakers. Ever since then, they have managed to draw a huge crowd and the team is the most well-known exhibition basketball team in the U.S.

Unfortunately, at this time, we simply can’t find out who invented Harlem Globetrotters Day. It could’ve been literally anyone. We’re also unsure of exactly when this holiday was created, although we suspect it was sometime in the past few years. We’ll continue to try to research this holiday though and will update this space if we find out anything new.

Some Quick Facts About The Harlem Globetrotters

When we do research for a holiday, we leave no stone unturned. We research extensively and try to find out everything we can about the subject of a holiday so that we can share them with our faithful readers. That’s why we’re going to leave everyone with the following facts about the Harlem Globetrotters. Enjoy.

  • Abe Saperstein gave them their name.
  • In the early years, the Globetrotters played serious basketball.
  • Wilt Chamberlain began his professional career with the team.

Observing Harlem Globetrotters Day

This holiday can be observed simply by learning more about this team, watching some of their videos, or buying and wearing their merchandise. People can also spread the news about this holiday using the hashtag #HarlemGlobetrottersDay on their social media feed.

When is it?
This year (2023)
January 7 Saturday
Next year (2024)
January 7 Sunday
Last year (2022)
January 7 Friday